Plans are going well for spring showcase

Beautiful blooms, delicious culinary creations and children’s crafts – plenty will be on display at this year’s Alnwick Spring Show as organisers aim to make the 2014 event bigger and better than ever before.

The annual feast of flowers, crafts and cookery is growing in size and popularity and those behind the yearly fixture want this month’s extravaganza to build on previous successes.

And with renowned judges lined up and interest in various categories coming from far and wide, there is every chance that this could be the best yet.

Looking ahead to the Saturday, April 12, show, which takes place at the town’s Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, event coordinator David Parker said: “The show is always a good standard and I believe this year will be very good. As always, we are grateful for the sponsorship and support we have received.”

There will be open and amateur classes for daffodils, tulips, floral art, cookery and general horticulture, which have already attracted a lot of interest from exhibitors, both in the North East and various areas of the UK and Ireland.

An extensive range of children’s classes for all ages will include both cookery and general novelty items. First-prize winners in the children’s sections receive a rosette and all children who enter will be given a Cadbury’s Creme Egg.

One big change this year is the length of the show, which takes place on just the Saturday, instead of across both days of the weekend, as in previous years.

David said: “It will be interesting to see if having the show on one day, instead of two, will actually increase entry and encourage more people to attend.”

Judges on the day will be Philida Irving, Rae Beckwith, Marion Dickinson, Margaret Onions and Keith Eyre, while the Duchess of Northumberland, patron of the show, is due to present the children’s rosettes and major awards to prizewinners in the afternoon.

There will be displays and demonstrations by Alnwick Beekeepers, Aln Valley Railway and the Embroidery Guild, as well as sugarcrafts, floral art, plant sales and various other trade and horticultural stands.

Refreshments are being provided by the Pottergate Pantry, raising funds for the Pottergate group.